Country singer Willie Nelson, who portrays himself, becomes the prime suspect when his manager is murdered, but the only witness is a blind woman who claims to have overheard a scuffle and can identify Willie as the murderer by his voice. At first Stottlemeyer (who is on the case despite a broken arm) is reluctant to arrest the famous singer on such shaky evidence, but a video tape convinces him that Willie must indeed be guilty. But for Monk, the fact that a note used to lure the victim to his death refers to him as "J. Cross" while Willie refers to him as "Sonny" casts doubt on the blind woman's story. Determined for the sake of his dead wife, Trudy, a devoted fan, to prove the singer innocent, Monk interviews the blind woman and investigates the manager's less than reputable background, searching for the clue he needs to clear the singer's name. Written by
Did You Know?
"Terry T" is named after WFMU DJ Terrie T. Terrie T is also writer Tom Scharpling
's wife. "Kenny Freedman" is named after WFMU Station Manager Ken Freedman, who co-hosts Seven Second Delay with Andy Breckman
(the creator of Monk
(2002)) on WFMU. See more
As Stottlemeyer asks Wendy Maas his first question, his coffee mug is cupped in his left hand (his right arm is in a sling). There is a rapid cut to Maas and a rapid cut back to Stottlemeyer, and the mug has changed into a donut. See more
So, you wanna know about Sonny Cross, hmm?
[shows a record
Well, he managed these guys for a while back in '87 till they fired him.
Same reason these guys fired him in '82.
[shows them another label
He was humping the lead singer's wife. That cat had nine lives. Oh, he, uh, he managed these guys for a while as well.
They fired him?
Didn't have a choice. Hard to handle them from the Florida State Penitentiary. Did, uh, two years, I think. Drinking and driving. Apparently, he killed a guy. ...
Georgia On My Mind
Lyrics by Stuart Gorrell
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Performed by Willie Nelson See more